Are foodsharing apps a blue ribbonworthy idea or halfbaked fad

first_imgTORONTO – Apps that allow home chefs to sell dishes prepared in their personal kitchens have cropped up in Canada, but uncertainties about health regulations and the strength of consumer demand are raising questions about whether the business models are blue ribbon-worthy or half-baked fads.Food-sharing platform LaPiat, which plans to launch in April, provides a platform for entrepreneurial cooks in the Greater Toronto Area to make some extra cash from home. Users can take pictures of their dishes to advertise and sell them at any price they set, leaving pick up and delivery to the cook and diner to work out.Creator Arber Puci said the app spawned from the idea that everyone has friends and family who are amazing cooks and can use that talent to make some extra money, while consumers will find it cheaper than restaurants, take-out joints or other food delivery services such as Uber Eats.The app targets home cooks like parents who are making lunch for their kids and can easily put together a few more portions to “make some cash on the side,” said Puci, who will take a five per cent cut from chefs using the platform.Predecessors Tffyn, Homefed and MealSurfers all launched in Toronto in the last few years, but appear to have since vanished, leaving behind rival app Kouzina, which hit the market in August.Kouzina creator Nick Amaral said when he first researched similar apps he found “one or two” in Canada that ended up folding, but he feels the times have changed since then.“We are getting more used to having services provided from people that we maybe don’t know as first,” he said.Kouzina takes a six per cent cut from every item sold on the app. Kouzina has seen increasing numbers of customers and cooks, selling everything from fresh fettuccine and lasagna for $7 a serving to vanilla and raspberry Bavarian cakes for $25.Both Puci and Amaral said they don’t inspect the kitchens and instead rely on phone interviews, copies of food handlers certifications or customer rating systems to weed out those offering substandard customer service and food.Amaral said he relies on a review and rating system for governance.“Even one bad review I think would be enough to deter people,” he said. “Good reviews will speak for themselves.”The lack of inspection comes as no surprise to Sylvanus Thompson, an associate director at Toronto Public Health, who said TPH has had to intervene a few times. Many of the owners and the home cooks preparing and selling food for such apps are not aware that they are subject to food premise regulations that require their kitchen undergo regular inspections from municipal staff and be zoned for commercial food activities, he said.As a result, “some of them got out of the business,” but Thompson said TPH knows that the “growing” number of homemade food apps is something “we don’t intend to stop.”“We want to be able to work with these people to ensure compliance and safe food,” he added.He chalked up the emergence of the apps to the rise of the gig and sharing economy and hastened by food delivery apps including Uber Eats, Foodora and SkipTheDishes.Gary Grant, who runs a catering business called The Garage Guy BBQ, started using Kouzina when it launched to sell his southern fried chicken, pork ribs, beef brisket, cabbage roll soup and sandwich box platters.“We had one customer the week the app launched and that’s it, ” he said. “We have never had another inquiry or mention. It is there but has not done anything for us.”He still thinks the concept behind Kouzina is great, but is disappointed that it hasn’t caught on as quickly as several similar apps in the U.S.LaPiat creator Puci said he’s not feeling deterred by the apparent lack of demand for other apps because he’s convinced the sharing economy will only increase demand for his offering.“I can’t tell you what is going to happen in a year or two, but (based on) the excitement that I have got so far, I think we are here to stay,” he said. “Even if my app doesn’t make it, there is going to be someone else.”Though apps are not expensive to develop, their viability lies in getting people to use them and finding a way to monetize them, which can be tricky, said Mike von Massow, a University of Guelph associate professor specializing in food and hospitality.“Early apps probably fail more quickly because we haven’t achieved a critical mass. That’s not to say we can’t get to that critical mass,” he said.“I think there is an opportunity to get there. I think it is a model that can work.”last_img read more

Markets update

On the markets at 9:50 a.m. (ET):In Toronto, the S&P/TSX composite index was up 34.28 points to 15,508.40.The Dow Jones industrial average was up 73.24 points to 22,357.56.The Standard & Poor’s 500 index was up 8.17 points to 2,505.01.The Nasdaq composite index was up 47.82 points to 6,427.98.The Canadian dollar was trading at 80.81 cents US, down from Tuesday’s average price of 80.84 cents US.

Accessibility challenge at Brock is on

The Council of Ontario Universities is challenging Ontario undergraduate students to come up with ideas to make the world more accessible for people with disabilities.To make this happen, they have launched the Innovative Designs for Accessibility (IDeA) student competition in partnership with the Government of Ontario.The aim of the contest is for students to develop innovative, cost-effective and practical solutions to “barriers” to accessibility in our communities.Students will vie for $3,000 in prizes with entries that address one or more of the five “barrier” categories: attitudinal, physical/structural, information/communications, technological and systemic.“Brock University continues to move forward in accessibility in order to identify, prevent and remove barriers to the inclusion of persons with disabilities,” says Greg Finn, Vice-Provost and Associate Vice-President, Academic. “It is important that we encourage the participation of our students in this province-wide competition to remove barriers of all types.”Prizes will be awarded for first place ($1,500), second place ($1,000) and third place ($500). Finalists will be invited to showcase their designs at the Ontario Centres of Excellence Discovery Conference in May.Submissions will be initially evaluated by the entrant’s home institution, and then successful candidates will move on to a second round of judging conducted by a panel of experts. Judges will also place a premium on entries whose format itself demonstrates consideration to accessibility issues.Questions and submissions from Brock students about the contest, should be sent by March 31 to Greg Finn, Vice- Provost and Associate Vice-President, Academic (x4528; and Margaret Sanderson, University Accessibility (AODA) Coordinator (x5454; read more

Justice Department sues to block merger of airline IT firms

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department is suing to block Sabre Corp. from buying Farelogix, a rival provider of technology services to airlines.In a civil lawsuit filed Tuesday, the government says Sabre pursued the $360 million deal to eliminate a competitor that has disrupted the market with more modern technology.The department says if Sabre succeeds, it will lead to higher prices and less innovation for airlines and their customers.Sabre says it will challenge the lawsuit and is confident of winning. It says the companies offer complementary services.Sabre is based in Southlake, Texas, and started as the reservations arm of American Airlines. It’s the largest seller of services that let airlines sell flights through travel agents.Sabre had planned to close the deal Wednesday. It was announced in November.The Associated Press read more

DR Congo UN mission deploys blue helmets to protect civilians and refugees

According to the UN Organization Stabilization Mission in the DRC, known by its French acronym MONUSCO, clashes had occurred in the area of Uvira, in South Kivu province, between presumed armed groups and the Congolese national army (FARDC). Noting that the response is guided by the Mission’s mandate, Maman Sidikou, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of MONUSCO, said: “[We are] strongly committed to the protection of civilians, including vulnerable groups such as refugees and displaced people.” He called on the armed groups to immediately cease this hostility including all forms of violence against constituted authority and innocent civilians. “All perpetrators, in particular those who sponsor armed groups as well as those who bear command responsibility, will be held accountable for human rights abuses,” he added. Uvira is the second largest town in the South Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. read more

Weir Minerals helping miners maintain optimum performance

first_imgThe world is ever-changing; from technology to education, health to politics, manufacturing to mining, change is pervasive and demands adaptation. Weir Minerals states: “With declining ore grade and low commodity prices, the mining industry has had to adapt to stay competitive. As merger and acquisitions opportunities and greenfield projects diminish, there is a strong focus on modifying and optimising existing mine sites and processes to achieve greater operational efficiency.”Mining companies are under intense pressure to increase production through the optimisation of their current plant and its resources. In order to achieve this, it is important they preserve and extend their assets, a tactic which Weir Minerals is very familiar with. “At Weir Minerals we recognise the demand within the industry and we have expanded our service offering as a result. We don’t just design and manufacture products; we provide tangible solutions for operators across the globe,” states John McNulty, Director of Technology for Weir Minerals.When it comes to supplying solutions to mining operators, Weir Minerals says it ensures it visits mine sites daily “to assess operator’s processes, discover their pain points and work with the customer to overcome their productivity related problems, providing the solutions they need, when they need them. This could be anything from modifying a cyclone cluster to developing a transportable self-priming pump to increase availability of a plant.”“It is our job to ensure operators maintain optimum performance of their plant, from comminution through to tailings disposals. We want to gain an understanding of their throughput issues and use our leading engineering expertise to deliver a comprehensive solution.”Weir Minerals supplies tangible solutions to enable operators to utilise existing infrastructure and equipment to maximise production whilst minimising total ownership cost. “It’s not about reinventing the wheel, it’s about re-thinking how we use current assets and working together to modify the process, increasing mine throughput and improving access to high-quality mineral resources.”Through its plant optimisation strategy, Weir Minerals use laser scanning technology to examine the entire plant, gaining a full understanding of all of the equipment, applications and processes present. Many older plants no longer have access to their original drawings, or find that their original drawings are out-of-date due to modifications since the plant’s establishment. If original drawings are not available, or out-of-date, laser scanning is a useful alternative to create detailed drawings alongside 3D models.This technology enables engineers to visualise where and how the equipment fits into the entire operation; identify what works and what doesn’t and detect bottlenecks. Weir Minerals’ engineers can then refine the data collected to determine the best approach to modify and enhance the operator’s entire process. “Laser scanning allows for us to modify our products to fit our customers’ application accordingly and enable them to run exactly how they need them to,” states John McNulty.It’s important to take a holistic approach to optimisation; modifying each process with the entire operation in mind, avoiding bottlenecks which slow down the overall process. “A bottleneck represents a restriction in the process which must be dealt with to improve the production process. The key is to understand where the bottlenecks are in the process and evaluate the root cause before they negatively impact the throughput of the entire operation.” Bottlenecks are inevitable in mining, therefore, it is important to unlock these barriers and plan the production flow accordingly.Aside from removing bottlenecks, mine operators may be looking to expand capacity, lower operating costs, increase productivity; whatever the challenge, Weir Minerals says it is adept at providing innovative, multi-product solutions for its customers. John McNulty concludes: “It’s our job to truly understand our customers’ challenges and use our engineering expertise to optimise the process, taking their business to the next level. We constantly look for innovative solutions to industry problems, and utilise our engineering skills, experience, entrepreneurship and innovation to address these problems.”last_img read more

Over 1800 Freedom of Information requests to departments in 2013

first_imgTHERE WERE OVER 1,800 Freedom of Information requests made to departments in 2013, according to figures released last week.The figures, from a number of parliamentary questions, reveal that, out of the 12 departments which provided details, the largest number of requests were received by the Department of Justice and Equality at 541.However figures for the Department of Social Protection may come out higher at year’s end as there were 1,684 in 2012. Most of these were personal requests and details for these types of requests in 2013 were not provided. A figure similar to last year would bring 2013′s figures closer to last year’s total number of 3,946 requests.In a number of cases, a search and retrieval fee, to compensate for the time spent looking for and compiling the information, was charged. The highest fee sought in 2013 was €13,450 in the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation.Minister Richard Burton explained that this related to “a request that was extremely broad in scope”.“In that case, the requester was afforded an opportunity to refine the wording of the relevant request in order to reduce or eliminate this fee,” he said. “However, the requester has not engaged in any further correspondence on the matter. This was the only instance in 2013 that a request did not proceed on the basis of a request for a ‘search and retrieval’ fee.”A fee of €863.75 was also sought by the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources in respect of one request and one of €3,226 was sought in the Department of Arts Heritage and the Gaeltacht.Last month, Minister Brendan Howlin withdrew controversial amendments to the FOI Bill which would have seen changes to the way charges were calculated.Read: Government backtracks on FOI Bill amendment on charges>last_img read more

John Carmack joins Oculus VR as CTO role at id Software remains

first_imgThe names id Software and John Carmack have been inseparable since he co-founded the company 22 years ago. However, Carmack is now former founder and technical developer at the company as he has taken up a position at Oculus VR, the company behind the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset.Carmack becomes chief technology officer at the company and will be in charge of development at Oculus’ new Dallas office. It’s unclear whether Carmack has severed all ties with id Software or not at this point. He may retain some form of relationship and role there, but it clearly won’t be technical director anymore.The legendary programmer has been a fan and promoter of the Oculus Rift ever since it appeared. And clearly his enthusiasm for the virtual reality tech went well beyond what he showed in public, to the point where he wants to play an active role in developing it.The plan now is for Carmack to build a team around him to continue development of the Oculus Rift before releasing it as a consumer product. Dev kits have been distributed for a few months now, but there’s work to be done before the headset is ready for the masses. And having John Carmack giving the project his full focus should fill everyone with confidence.While this is a great news for Oculus VR, it’s a major blow for id Software and parent company Zenimax. Carmack has always led the way with his game engines, and set the bar ever higher for others to follow. They have now lost that talent, although he has left behind a very experienced team of engineers at id and could still play some small part in the studio’s future.Update: It has now been confirmed via Twitter that Carmack retains a role at id Software. The tweet states“Happy to say @id_aa_carmack is not leaving id & will continue to provide leadership for our games in development.”last_img read more

Leo Varadkars government has suffered its first Dáil defeat on new building

first_img Share643 Tweet Email2 Lost voteThis is by no means the first vote that the government has lost a vote during this Dáil term.With Fianna Fáil abstaining on many occasions, the government’s main votes usually pass but there have been occasions where they’ve failed to block opposition motions.Last June, the government suffered its first defeat when it put forward a counter-motion to a Labour proposal on worker’s rights that was turned down.It has also been very close on several occasions. In January, the votes were tied at 51 each – with FF abstaining – on an Anti-Evictions Bill proposed by Solidarity-PBP.As it came to a tie, Ceann Comhairle Sean Ó Fearghaíl had the deciding vote, and went with the government.Last month, the government came up red-faced after its TDs forgot to vote against postponing the sale of AIB.Read: Donald Tusk welcomes Ireland’s ‘young, energetic’ new Taoiseach to BrusselsRead: How did the appointment of a judge threaten to bring the government down? Thursday 22 Jun 2017, 4:31 PM By Sean Murray Image: Leah Farrell/ Jun 22nd 2017, 4:31 PM Leo Varadkar’s government has suffered its first Dáil defeat – on new building standards It’s not the first time the government has lost a vote, but it is the first since Varadkar became Taoiseach. Image: Leah Farrell/ 48,077 Views center_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Delighted our @greenparty motion on building standards,regulation &homeowner protection has been passed in the Dail today #BetterBuildings— Catherine Martin TD (@cathmartingreen) June 22, 2017 THE GOVERNMENT HAS lost its first Dáil vote since Leo Varadkar became Taoiseach, when a Green Party motion on building standards passed through the house today.Since the minority Fine Gael government was formed, several votes have been lost but this is the first for the new Taoiseach, just over a week since he took office.An amendment by Minister Eoghan Murphy was defeated by 84 votes to 46, while a Fianna Fáil amendment lost by a similar margin.Speaking after the vote, Green Party deputy leader Catherine Martin said that “the message from the Dáil is clear” for the government to “end their hands-off approach to building regulation”.Grenfell Tower blazeThe Green Party’s motion on building standards, regulation and homeowner protection aims to create an Irish Building Authority that would administer building control on a nationwide basis and provide a supervisory regulatory function in the sector.In the motion, it notes that since the building boom over the past 20 years, past governments have failed to properly regulate the industry.“There have been no law reform that addresses the lack of remedies available to homeowners affected by pyrite, building regulation breaches and other housing failures,” the motion says.It also calls for speedier methods to solve disputes, and offer greater protection to homeowners in the event of negligence in the building process. Furthermore, it includes proposals to provide financing for remedial works to “defective housing units, that will form the basis for a nationwide scheme”.Martin said it was time the government abandoned plans “to allow the construction sector to continue regulating themselves.”.She said: “They must develop remediation mechanisms for homeowners who have been left to pick up the pieces of substandard building practices, while cowboy developers get off scot-free.”The Dublin Rathdown TD said that the “overriding priority” in all construction should be the safety of residents.She said that, under current rules, a blaze similar to that of London’s Grenfell Tower could occur here. Source: Catherine Martin TD/Twitter 32 Comments Short URL last_img read more

Liverpool to match Barcelonas ticket prices and subsidise supporters

first_img Subscribe Liverpool to match Barcelona’s ticket prices and subsidise supporters After Barca announced Reds fans will be charged €119 for their upcoming Champions League tie, the Premier League club have followed suit. By Cian Roche Source: The42 Rugby Weekly/SoundCloudSubscribe to our new podcast, The42 Rugby Weekly, here: LIVERPOOL WILL SUBSIDISE tickets for their supporters travelling to the Nou Camp next month after Barcelona announced they will charge Reds supporters €119 per ticket. Liverpool fans ahead of their Champions League quarter-final against Porto. Source: Peter ByrneIn a statement today, the Premier League leaders said they believe “parity of pricing is the most logical approach and remains committed to working with UEFA” and said ticket prices to their home leg at Anfield will be reciprocated.“The additional revenue from this higher ticket pricing will be used to subsidise Liverpool supporters for their tickets, reducing the price by €31 to €88,” the club explained.The English side have been allocated 4,620 away tickets for the tie on 1 May.Manchester United adopted the same policy for their quarter-final with Barca after their fans were hit with the same prices.Liverpool booked their place in the semi-finals with a 6-1 aggregate win over Porto on Tuesday night.Barcelona, meanwhile, had star Lionel Messi to thank for their 4-0 aggregate win over United. 51 Comments Thursday 18 Apr 2019, 9:08 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlecenter_img Short URL 47,294 Views Apr 18th 2019, 9:08 PM Share Tweet Email1 Gavan Casey and Murray Kinsella are joined by Andy Dunne to preview the Champions Cup semi-finals and all the week’s news on the latest episode of The42 Rugby Weekly: last_img read more

Vancouver doll company Slumberkins lands TV deal

first_img Slumberkins may have fallen short last fall on ABC’S “Shark Tank,” but it still apparently has the star power for television.The Jim Henson Company, the Los Angeles production company best known for creating “The Muppets,” announced Monday it will launch a children’s series around the plush, educational dolls that were first created in Vancouver.“We know that parents want to help their kids be prepared for the challenges of the world,” said Halle Stanford, president of television for the company. “There is a lack of tools to help teach children how to handle their ‘big feelings’ in a healthy way. Slumberkins provides support to kids and families through books, plush and soon, with the help of the Jim Henson Co., through video entertainment.”Details are still scant, according to Slumberkins co-founders Callie Christensen and Kelly Oriard. They will co-produce the show, but production has not officially begun and The Jim Henson Company is still shopping for a network, they said. Still, the Prairie High School grads are excited for the deal.“We couldn’t think of a better partner,” Oriard said. “They’re so in-line with our thinking. When you have a child’s attention, it’s special and meaningful, and you should do everything you can with their attention, like help them learn.”Christensen, an educator, and Oriard, a family therapist, first designed Slumberkins in 2016. The lanky dolls sport charming underbites, muted colors and aim to help children cope with self-esteem issues and changes at home, among other things. Dolls cost between $36 and $44. Slumberkins co-founders Callie Christensen and Kelly Oriard (Courtesy of Slumberkins)last_img read more

Ancelotti on PSG and Group C standings

first_imgCarlo Ancelotti shared his thoughts about the 1-1 draw with Paris Saint-Germain and the group standings after going top of the table.Napoli secured a draw thanks to Lorenzo Insigne who converted from the spot to cancel Juan Bernat’s first-half goal.“I tried to modify the approach, which was a little too prudent in the first half and we allowed them to control the tempo too much. We put more pressure on their midfielders and things went better,” he told Football Italia.“We played at a very high level for 20 minutes, then paid for the effort later on, as we tried to control at the end rather than attack.”Sacchi explains Sarri, Conte, and Ancelotti Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Arrigo Sacchi talked about how Sarri has a tougher time at Juventus than Conte at Inter; while Ancelotti’s “blood is boiling” at Napoli.Arrigo Sacchi…Napoli were held 2-2 at Parc des Princes too, but Liverpool lost 2-0 at Red Star Belgrade today.That means the Italians are ahead of Liverpool on their head-to-head record, with six points each, Paris Saint-Germain are on five and Red Star four.“The two draws with Paris Saint-Germain are positive, because we have a slight advantage if we do finish level with them. To be honest, we didn’t expect Liverpool to lose in Belgrade today, so now Red Star are getting involved too and the group cannot be more balanced.“It was really unexpected, especially for the result that saw them lose 6-1 in Paris. It’ll be tight to the end.”last_img read more

Offduty firefighter rescues teens after rollover accident

first_imgAn off-duty firefighter rescued two teenage girls trapped in an overturned vehicle Monday morning in Hockinson.A white four-door sedan rolled over into a ditch full of water at Northeast Ward Road and Northeast Davis Road, trapping the occupants inside, said Fire District 3 Chief Steve Wrightson. Water seeped into the car and started rising in the vehicle. “The problem with these large ditches is that there’s no room for error,” Wrightson said. Off-duty Capt. Drew Simpson was driving behind the car when he saw the accident. He used a tool in his pickup to break the side window and helped the occupants out of the car, according to a bulletin from Fire District 3. The teens were cold and startled but not injured. Firefighters arrived at 10:39 a.m. “It’s fortunate that our off-duty firefighter was right behind them,” Wrightson said.last_img read more

Jewelry thief poses as customer flees Oakland Park store with goods

first_imgOAKLAND PARK, FLA. (WSVN) – A shoplifter was caught on camera trying on pricey pieces before running out of an Oakland Park store.The store’s surveillance video was recording when the man was trying on jewelry, back in October. According to police, the man tried on the jewelry and ran out of the store without paying.The robbery occurred at an Oakland Park flea market, near Northwest 31st Avenue.Police continue to search for the shoplifter. If you have any information about this crook, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Bank metal stocks lead Sensex rally as markets rebound on global cues

first_imgEquity benchmark indices Sensex and Nifty rebounded sharply on Thursday tracking global cues, while back home, hopes of rising banking transactions, including deposits in the wake of changes to the currency regime lifted bank stocks.The BSE Sensex gained 265 points to close at 27,517 while the NSE Nifty ended at 8,525, up 94 points.The Nifty PSU Bank gained 8.72 percent, led by Bank of India, PNB, Union Bank, Syndicate Bank, Allahabad Bank, Andhra Bank and State Bank of India that rose in the range of 8 to 14 percent.Top Sensex and Nifty gainers included Tata Steel, State Bank of India, Cipla, Coal India, Bank of Baroda and Hindalco.Tata Steel closed 9.27 percent higher at Rs 436, SBI was up 8.4 percent at Rs 281, Cipla gained 6.85 to end at Rs 564, while Coal India closed at Rs 333, a gain of 4.91 percent.A market analyst said that the end to global uncertainty over the US presidential elections with the victory of Donald Trump’s victory also boosted sentiments.”With markets relieved of uncertainty, risk appetite improved vastly, pushing indices above pre-US election levels. Meanwhile, as banking activities resumed, and disbursal of new currencies started, banking stocks also surged, with the increased footfalls in branches raising the possibility of rising deposits and transactions going forward, which augurs well for the banking sector,” Anand James, Chief Market Strategist, Geojit BNP Paribas Financial Services, said in a  note.Foreign institutional investors (FIIs/FPIs) were net sellers of Indian equities worth Rs 733 crore while domestic institutional investors (DIIs) were net buyers of stocks worth Rs 639 crore, according to provisional data published by the National Stock Exchange (NSE).Earlier, markets opened on a buoyant note after the crash of Wednesday caused by uncertainty after the “surgical strike” on black money and the uncertainty in the US presidential election results.Shares of gold companies such as Titan, PC Jeweller, Tribhovandas Bhimji Zaveri (TBZ) and Gitanjali Gems were trading with significant gains in the morning.last_img read more

Asia Durr Selected Second Overall by New York Liberty in WNBA Draft

first_imgJoined by fellow seniors Arica Carter and Sam Fuehring, with 123 wins, she also concludes her career as the winningest player in program history.Previous University of Louisville WNBA Draft Picks: 2018 WNBA Draft – Myisha Hines-Allen (19th pick, Washington Mystics); 2014 WNBA Draft – Shoni Schimmel (8th Pick, Atlanta Dream); Antonita Slaughter (35th Pick, Los Angeles Sparks); Asia Taylor (36th Pick, Minnesota Lynx); 2009 WNBA Draft – Angel McCoughtry (1st Pick, Atlanta Dream); Candyce Bingham (39th Pick, San Antonio Silver Stars); 2003 WNBA Draft – Lori Nero (19th Pick, Houston Comets); 2000 WNBA Draft – Jill Morton (34th Pick, Charlotte Sting).For the latest on Louisville women’s basketball, visit, or follow the team’s Twitter account at @UofLWBB or on Facebook at Friendly Version The two-time ACC Player of the Year finished the year averaging 21.2 points per game, which marks the fourth highest scoring average in Louisville history. NEW YORK – University of Louisville guard Asia Durr was selected second overall by the New York Liberty in the 2019 WNBA Draft on Wednesday night in New York.”I thank God, I thank the University of Louisville, my coaches, my family, and my friends. This is a dream come true for me,” said Durr to ESPN reporter Holly Rowe after being selected.Durr is the ninth student-athlete at the University of Louisville to be selected in the WNBA Draft. She is Louisville’s highest draft pick since Angel McCoughtry was selected first overall by the Atlanta Dream in 2009.Of the nine WNBA draft picks, seven have played under head coach Jeff Walz.Last season, Myisha Hines-Allen was selected by the Washington Mystics with the 19th overall pick.Durr was named Dawn Staley Award winner and Ann Meyers Drysdale Award winner, along with being named a WBCA, Associated Press, Wooden Award, USBWA and Senior CLASS Award All-American.She concludes her career ranked second in program history with 2,485 points and 374 made 3-pointers. She ranks first all-time in the Atlantic Coast Conference in made 3-pointers and fifth in points.center_img Story Linkslast_img read more

Microsoft is banning your crappy passwords

first_imgMicrosoft is on a killing spree lately. First it was the remaining bits of the phone business they acquired from Nokia, now they’ve set their sights on your crappy passwords.Last week, someone crept out of the shadows offering to sell a massive haul of stolen LinkedIn credentials — a whopping 117 million of them. It turns out that the accounts in question belonged to folks who were told to reset their passwords following a breach in 2012, but still hadn’t gotten around to doing it. LinkedIn notes that they had already invalidated all the passwords, so whoever buys this list wouldn’t actually be able to log in with what they’d purchased.Not to LinkedIn, anyway. But Microsoft (and every other security-conscious person on the planet) knows that password re-use runs rampant on the Internet. Just because a victim’s password no longer works on LinkedIn doesn’t mean it won’t work somewhere else.That’s why Microsoft has set up a dynamic password banning system. It’s been put in place to make sure that passwords on Microsoft Accounts and Azure AD instances don’t match the facepalm-worthy ones we rundown once a year — and the slightly more unique ones that wind up in dumps like the LinkedIn one. They’re guaranteed to end up in brute force dictionaries. Ban them all, and they at least make it that much harder for the bad guys to break into your account.Sometimes keeping people safe online means taking them out of their comfort zones. If more companies followed their lead, maybe people would get in the habit of making smarter password choices. Heck, maybe they’ll even start enabling two-factor authentication.I know, I know… but a geek can dream, right?Image by Juan J. Martinez/Flickrlast_img read more

Building at shooting range catches alight

first_imgClick on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics.If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them.To receive news links via WhatsApp.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook andTwitter. Join us there! WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite A building in Ben Schoeman Street caught alight today (December 30).The building is situated at the back of the shooting range.Fortunately, no one was injured in the massive fire.RTI and firefighters responded and managed to extinguish the blaze.Bystanders stood and watched as the brave firefighters doused the flames.According to a resident who lives nearby, there were children letting off fireworks at the shooting range.DID YOU KNOW?last_img read more

Bo Weaver on Cloud security skills gap and software development in 2019

first_imgBo Weaver, a Kali Linux expert shares his thoughts on the security landscape in the cloud. He also talks about the skills gap in the current industry and why hiring is a tedious process. He explains the pitfalls in software development and where the tech is heading currently. Bo, along with another Kali Linux expert Wolf Halton were also interviewed on why Kali Linux is the premier platform for testing and maintaining Windows security. They talked about advantages and disadvantages for using Kali Linux for pentesting. We also asked them about what they think about pentesting in cybersecurity, in general. They have also talked about their stance about the role of pentesting in cybersecurity in their interview titled, “Security experts, Wolf Halton and Bo Weaver, discuss pentesting and cybersecurity” First is “The Cloud”. I laugh and cry at this term.  I have a sticker on my laptop that says “There is no Cloud….  Only other people’s computers.”  Your data is sitting on someone else’s system along with other people’s data.  These other people also have access to this system. Sure security controls are in place but the security of “physical access” has been bypassed. You’re “in the box”.  One layer of security is now gone.   Also, your vendor has “FULL ACCESS” to your data in some cases.  How can you be sure what is going on with your data when it is in an unknown box in an unknown data center?  The first rule of security is “Trust No One”. Do you really trust Microsoft, Amazon, or Google? I sure don’t!!!  Having your data physically out of your company’s control is not a good idea. Yes, it is cheaper but what are your company and its digital property worth? The ‘real’ skills and hiring gap in tech For the knowledge and skills gap, I see the hiring process in this industry as the biggest gap.  The knowledge is out there. We now have schools that teach this field. When I started, there were no school courses.  You learned on your own. Since there is training, there are a lot of skilled people out there. But go looking for a job, and it is a nightmare.  IT doesn’t do the actual hiring these days. Either HR or a headhunting agency does the hiring. The people you talk to have no clue of what you really do.  They have a list of acronyms to look for that they have no clue about to match to your resume.  If you don’t have the complete list, you’re booted. If you don’t have a certain certification, you’re booted even if you’ve worked with the technology for 10 years.  Once, with my skill level, it took sending out over a thousand resumes and took over a year for me to find a job in the security field. The people you talk to have no clue of what you really do.  They have a list of acronyms to look for that they have no clue about to match to your resume.  If you don’t have the complete list, you’re booted. Also, when working in security, you can’t really talk about what you exactly did in your last job due to the NDA agreements with HR or a headhunter.  Writing these books is the first time I have been able to talk about what I do in detail since the network being breached is a lab network owned by myself.  XYZ bank would be really mad if I published their vulnerabilities and rightly so. In the US, most major networks are not managed by actual engineers but are managed by people with an MBA degree.  The manager has no clue of what they are actually managing. These managers are more worried about their department’s P&L statement than the security of the network.  In Europe, you find that the IT managers are older engineers that WORKED for years in IT and then moved to management. They fully understand the needs of a network and security. The trouble with software development In software development, I see a dumbing down of user interfaces.  This may be good for my 6-year-old grandson, but someone like me may want more access to the system.  I see developers change things just for the reason of “change”. Take Microsoft’s Ribbon in Office. Even after all these years, I find the ribbon confusing and hard to use.  At least, with Libre Office, they give you a choice between a ribbon and an old school menu bar. The changes in Gnome 3 from Gnome 2. This dumbing down and attempting to make a desktop usable for a tablet and a mouse totally destroyed the usability of their desktop.  What used to take 1 click now takes 4 clicks to do. A lot of developers these days have an “I am God and you are an idiot” complex.  Developers should remember that without an engineer, there would be no system for their code to run on.  Listen and work with engineers. Where do I see tech going? Well, it is in everything these days and I don’t see this changing.  I never thought I would see a Linux box running a refrigerator or controlling my car, yet we do have them today.   Today, we can buy a system the size of a pack of cigarettes for less than $30.00 ( Raspberry Pi) that can do more than a full-size server could do 10 years ago.  This is amazing. However, this is a two-edged sword when it comes to small, “cheap” devices. When you build a cheap device, you have to keep the costs down. For most companies building these devices, security is either non-existent or is an afterthought.  Yes, your whole network can be owned by first accessing that $30.00 IP camera with no security and moving on from there to eventually your Domain Controller. I know this works; I’ve done it several times. If you wish to further learn about tools which can improve your average in password acquisition, from hash cracking, online attacks, offline attacks, and rainbow tables to social engineering, the book Kali Linux 2018: Windows Penetration Testing – Second Edition is the go-to option for you. Author Bio Bo Weaver is an old school, ponytailed geek. His first involvement with networks was in 1972 while in the US Navy working on an R&D project called ARPA NET. Bo has been working with and using Linux daily since the 1990s and a promoter of Open Source. (Yes, Bo runs on Linux.) He now works as the senior penetration tester and security researcher for CompliancePoint an Atlanta based security consulting company. Read Next Cloud Security Tips: Locking Your Account Down with AWS Identity Access Manager (IAM) Cloud computing trends in 2019 Jeff Weiner talks about technology implications on society, unconscious bias, and skill gaps: Wired 25last_img read more

Transats August contest winners announced each winning allinclusive stays

first_img MONTREAL — Transat has announced its August winners for its Surprise Dates Contest, all of whom have won an all-inclusive stay down south.Janice Dennison of CAA Travel in Brantford, Ontario (Ontario-Atlantic), Beverly Harbour of Carlson Wagonlit Travel in Winnipeg, Manitoba (Western Canada), and Nicole Marion of Marlin Travel Embrun near Ottawa (Quebec-Ottawa) have won a package for two, including Air Transat flights in Economy and a one-week, all-inclusive resort stay.Dennison won a stay at Paradisus Palma Real in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, Harbour won a stay at Paradisus Playa del Carmen La Perla in Cancun, Mexico, while Marion will enjoy the comforts of home at Paradisus Cancun, also in Cancun, Mexico.Also, $30 in Bonbon rewards were awarded to the following agents in a random draw among all participants:Ontario-Atlantic: Louise Massia of Sears Travel Service located in Mississauga, Ontario and Gayle D’Costa of Transat Travel located in Markham, OntarioWestern Canada: Joanne Poirier of Transat Travel located in Edmonton, Alberta and Dan Dunn of Flight Centre – Commercial Drive located in Vancouver British ColumbiaQuébec-Ottawa: Alain Proulx of Voyages Evasion Monde in Quebec City and Isabelle Bergeron of Voyages Laurier Du Vallon also in Quebec CityMore news:  Honolulu authorities investigate arsons at 3 Waikiki hotels; no injuries reportedTo mark its 30th anniversary, Transat will draw at random a total of 30 surprise trips for two this year – three surprises each month from February to November – from among eligible travel consultants in three Canadian regions: Ontario-Atlantic, Western Canada and Quebec-Ottawa. The draws will be held on predetermined (but secret) milestone dates in Transat’s history. There is no need to register the reservations since the contest entries are automatically made as soon as a consultant anywhere in Canada sells a Transat flight, package or cruise on the surprise day. Posted by Share Transat’s August contest winners announced, each winning all-inclusive stays Travelweek Group center_img Thursday, August 17, 2017 Tags: Contests, Transat << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more